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Tuesday May 16, 1972
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MLB standings at the end of May 16, 1972

A.L. East
GPWLTPCTGBRFRAHOMEROADLAST 10STRK
Cleveland Indians 23 14 9 0 .609 7860 8-56-47-3Lost 1
Detroit Tigers 23 13 10 0 .5651.0 9270 6-57-55-5Lost 3
Baltimore Orioles 24 13 11 0 .5421.5 8174 10-43-75-5Won 2
Boston Red Sox 21 9 12 0 .4294.0 8698 3-56-75-5Won 1
New York Yankees 23 9 14 0 .3915.0 6779 5-44-104-6Won 1
Milwaukee Brewers 21 6 15 0 .2867.0 4174 2-74-83-7Lost 3


A.L. West
GPWLTPCTGBRFRAHOMEROADLAST 10STRK
Minnesota Twins 23 16 7 0 .696 10457 7-29-56-4Lost 2
Oakland A's 22 14 8 0 .6361.5 8368 10-44-46-4Lost 1
Chicago White Sox 24 15 9 0 .6251.5 8274 13-12-87-3Won 6
Kansas City Royals 26 11 15 0 .4236.5 7774 9-42-114-6Won 3
California Angels 25 10 15 0 .4007.0 64101 7-83-74-6Won 1
Texas Rangers 25 10 15 0 .4007.0 7399 6-54-103-7Lost 4


N.L. East
GPWLTPCTGBRFRAHOMEROADLAST 10STRK
New York Mets 26 19 7 0 .731 10091 12-47-38-2Won 5
Philadelphia Phillies 26 15 11 0 .5774.0 9185 7-78-45-5Lost 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 13 12 0 .5205.5 116113 6-77-57-3Won 2
Montreal Expos 26 13 13 0 .5006.0 86107 7-66-73-7Lost 2
Chicago Cubs 25 12 13 0 .4806.5 11584 7-35-107-3Won 1
St. Louis Cardinals 28 10 18 0 .35710.0 102119 5-65-123-7Lost 6


N.L. West
GPWLTPCTGBRFRAHOMEROADLAST 10STRK
Los Angeles Dodgers 28 18 10 0 .643 11467 7-511-56-4Won 5
Houston Astros 26 16 10 0 .6151.0 134116 8-68-45-5Won 3
Cincinnati Reds 27 14 13 0 .5193.5 123127 6-78-66-4Won 6
San Diego Padres 28 12 16 0 .4296.0 8295 6-116-55-5Lost 3
Atlanta Braves 27 10 17 0 .3707.5 103141 5-85-93-7Lost 2
San Francisco Giants 30 9 21 0 .30010.0 114135 2-137-83-7Lost 5



Today's scores and summaries:

Angels 4, A's 2 at California (night game):
Sandy Alomar and Ken McMullen hit singles and Bob Oliver tripled in the third inning when the Angels scored three runs to defeat the Athletics, 4-2. Mickey Rivers started the stanza with a walk, took third on Alomar's single and scored on an infield out by Vada Pinson. Oliver drove in Alomar with his triple and then counted himself on McMullen's single.

White Sox 2, Twins 1 at Chicago (night game):
The White Sox got combined five-hit pitching from Stan Bahnsen, Vicente Romo and Terry Forster to defeat the Twins, 2-1. The White Sox scored a run on singles by Pat Kelly and Mike Andrews and a sacrifice fly by Carlos May in the third inning and added a tally on singles by Andrews and May and an infield out by Dick Allen in the fifth. George Mitterwald, Cesar Tovar and Steve Braun singled in the sixth for the Twins' run off Bahnsen.

Yankees 3, Indians 1 at Cleveland (night game):
A single by Bobby Murcer for his first hit in 23 times at bat sparked the Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Indians. After hitting his single in the fifth inning, Murcer stole second and Roy White walked. Ron Blomberg doubled to score Murcer. White beat the throw home when Thurman Munson grounded to Graig Nettles. Rich McKinney then singled to drive in Blomberg with the third run.

Orioles 8, Tigers 3 at Detroit (night game):
The relief pitching of Doyle Alexander, who allowed only three hits in the last 8 2/3 innings, featured the Orioles' 8-3 victory over the Tigers. Alexander took over after Mike Cuellar gave up two runs on a double by Tony Taylor, triple by Aurelio Rodriguez and infield out by Al Kaline. Boog Powell led the Orioles at bat with a single, double and homer.

Royals 5, Rangers 0 at Kansas City (night game):
Making his first start of the season, Jim Rooker allowed only four hits and pitched the Royals to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers. The Royals' runs included two forced across the plate on bases-loaded passes issued by Jim Panther in the seventh inning.

Red Sox 5, Brewers 1 at Milwaukee (night game):
The Red Sox erupted for four runs in the 10th inning to defeat the Brewers, 5-1. Ray Culp had a 1-0 victory in sight until two out in the ninth when Darrell Porter homered for the Brewers. In the 10th, Tommy Harper doubled and, after an intentional pass to Reggie Smith, Danny Cater singled to break the tie. Rick Miller followed with a three-run homer to put the game out of the Brewers' reach.

Astros 6, Braves 5 at Houston (night game):
Jim Ray gained his sixth straight victory, all in relief, when the Astros defeated the Braves, 6-5. Ray, who took over in the eighth inning, ran into trouble in the ninth, loading the bases with one out, but rose to the challenge by retiring Hank Aaron on a fly and Earl Williams on a grounder. The Braves scored all their runs on three homers -- two by Orlando Cepeda and one by Dusty Baker. The Astros came from behind with two runs in the eighth on a single by Cesar Cedeno, triple by Bob Watson and double by Bobby Fenwick.

Mets 7, Expos 3 at New York (night game):
Although failing to last the route for the fourth straight time, Tom Seaver received credit for his sixth victory when the Mets defeated the Expos, 7-3. Seaver, in addition to being touched for seven hits, had a lapse of control and forced in two runs with bases-loaded passes before being lifted after 5 1/3 innings. Ron Taylor finished. The Mets decided the game with four runs in the second on singles by Rusty Staub, John Milner and Jim Fregosi, an intentional pass to Ed Kranepool, balk by Carl Morton and single by Bud Harrelson.

Cubs 8, Phillies 1 at Philadelphia (night game):
Rick Monday hit three consecutive homers, driving in five runs, to lead the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the Phillies. Monday started his slugging with a three-run smash off Bill Champion in the first inning. He connected again off Champion in the third and then cleared fence at the expense of reliever Darrell Brandon in the fifth. After fouling out in the seventh, Monday completed his big day with a single in the ninth. Burt Hooton, who threw a no-hitter at the Phillies April 16, stopped them with three hits this time, with the Quakers' run coming on a homer by Greg Luzinski in the fourth inning.

Pirates 4, Cardinals 3 at Pittsburgh (night game):
A homer by Hebner with two men on base climaxed a four-run outburst in the first inning and carried the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals. Dave Cash led off with a single and Roberto Clemente walked. Willie Stargell doubled to score Cash. Clemente was out at the plate, trying to score on a grounder by Al Oliver, but Richie Hebner then hammered a pitch by Rick Wise for the homer that decided the game.

Dodgers 2, Padres 0 at San Diego (night game):
Bill Singer shut out the Padres for the second time this season and Duke Sims and Willie Davis each drove in a run to produce a 2-0 victory for the Dodgers. Bill Greif held the Dodgers scoreless until the seventh inning when Billy Grabarkewitz singled and raced home on a double by Sims. Bill Buckner singled in the eighth for his fourth hit of the game and scored on a triple by Davis.

[DH] Reds 4, Giants 3 (night game) / Reds 2, Giants 0 at San Francisco (night game):
After figuring in an unusual play that resulted in the winning run in the first game, Pete Rose drove in two runs with a single in the second as the Reds defeated the Giants in a twi-night doubleheader, 4-3 and 2-0. Julian Javier homered in the first inning to produce the Reds' first three runs in the lidlifter. Dave Concepcion walked in the eighth and took second on a sacrifice by Gary Nolan. The Giants then elected to pass Rose intentionally, but Ron Bryant's third pitch came close to the plate and Rose rapped it down the third base line to Jim Ray Hart, who was caught by surprise and fumbled the ball, allowing Concepcion to score on the error. Jack Billingham pitched the Reds' shutout in the nightcap. A single by Ted Uhlaender, walk to Darrel Chaney and sacrifice by Billingham preceded Rose's winning hit.


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